http://imdb.com/title/tt0043041/ The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII, with the man you love to hate - Sessue Hayakawa. Few recall that, before Valentino and Romero, Sessue was Holloywood's first exotic foreign romantic lead
February 1, 2022 Subject:
Well rounded wartime drama.
Definitely not a war propaganda film, as it errs on the side of empathy, even sympathy with the Japanese. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had taken the edge off American vengefulness. The cast is very good. Hayakawa presages his later, similar, more famous role opposite Alec Guinness. The sound synch issues are a big problem, so opt for a better version if possible.
July 18, 2021 Subject:
The sound is bad through most of the movie
At about 42 minutes in the sound track is silent for about 2 minutes; after that it's severely out of sync. This applies to the H.264, MPEG, and DivX, and I suspect all the other versions.
October 14, 2011 Subject:
What if they gave a war and nobody came?
This film differs from all the WWII horror fighting films I have seen. It displays a tenderness not found in run of the mill war films. It was a tender and I must say a loving look at what human beings are capable of under extreme circumstances where even the so called enemy has soul and compassion. I am a grown 70 year old man and I cried profusely at the ending. A great relief war film you will enjoy if you have a heart!
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 18, 2011 Subject:
February 3, 2010 Subject:
Internment Japanese Style
What made this film so interesting is the fact that it came out in 1950 so soon after the horror of the Japanese Occupation, and conveys a convincing authenticity. I knew nothing of Agnes Keith until visiting Sandakan in November 2009. The lovely spacious house that the Keiths had lived in,built for the tropics, is today a museum. After the war Agnes dug up writings she had buried in the grounds of the camp. Also the family of three made a point every Sunday of going over to the beach side of the island in Sandakan Bay where they were first interned to enjoy themselves.
December 16, 2007 Subject:
Sound comes back
At about 106 or 107 minutes in I noticed the sound appeared synched more or less properly.
Even though, the sound went out for such a while it is a moving experience to see the how like the nazi the Japanese were.
It explains why I couldn't even look at Japanese products for so many years without getting sick.
The new made in America Japanese cars I believe has started to swing me. American Japanese interment camps during the war never had such a bad reputation, as these Japanese camps where Europeans and American civilians were kept in conquered territory.
December 11, 2007 Subject:
Good movie, bad transfer
The movie looks great, but there's a defect on the sound track of the DivX version about a third of the way in - just noise for a couple of minutes, then after that the sound track resumes, but remains minutes out of synch.